The Mekong Delta needs sustainable measures and sufficient financial resources to mitigate serious erosion along rivers and coastal areas, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan, has said. Houses collapse into a river in My Hoa Ward, Long Xuyen City in Mekong Delta province of An Giang due to a landslide. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Mao Speaking at a seminar held in Ca Mau Province on Tuesday (April 9), Tuan said that erosion in the delta had worsened in recent years because of climate change and human activities. VNS RELATED NEWSMekong Delta losing land from subsidence, landslidesMekong Delta erosion incidents increase … [Read more...] about Erosion-prevention measures urgently needed in Mekong Delta
Sahra Wagenknecht has never shied away from a debate. Opinionated and provocative, she has ruffled the feathers of friends and foes alike. Within her own socialist Left party, her stance on refugees has proven particularly controversial. Unlike the majority of fellow leftists in Germany, she is opposed to open borders. Some of her critics on the left have even gone so far as to accuse her of appealing to right-wing populist sentiments. This week, however, the mood is much more cordial. Both her adversaries and allies within the Left have praised Wagenknecht, who on Monday announced she would not seek re-election as co-leader of her party's opposition parliamentary group. In a letter to the Left's executive, she attributed her recent two-month absence primarily to "stress and overload." However, she said she would remain in her post until the election of new leadership, "in order to ensure a proper transition." No new leadership before European elections Those elections were expected … [Read more...] about Could Germany see a new left-wing coalition in government?
The British prime minister on Tuesday urged the House of Commons to give her more time to rework a withdrawal agreement she negotiated with EU leaders. The deal was overwhelmingly rejected by the British Parliament, however, for a variety of reasons — in part because of Northern Irish and euroskeptic Conservative concerns over the so-called backstop for Northern Ireland. Read more: The Irish border — what you need to know Bending the rules Time is of the essence to rework the deal, though, because any revision would need to be approved by MPs before Britain's March 29 exit day. After MPs vote to support her reworked agreement, Parliament would then need to pass a law — the Withdrawal Agreement Bill — formally ratifying the deal. Adding to the time pressure is a legal requirement that the government put a treaty to Parliament 21 sitting days before it can be ratified. However, May on Tuesday strongly hinted that this requirement might be … [Read more...] about British PM May calls for more time to rework Brexit deal
Đinh Thị Thủy teaches children with HIV/AIDS to sing and dance. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tùng HÀ NỘI — To the children she teaches, Đinh Thị Thủy is known as ‘mother’. For 14 years, Thủy has taught children at the education, labour and social affairs centre No 2 in Yên Bài Commune, Hà Nội’s Ba Vì District. Many of the youngsters are HIV positive orphans, abandoned by their parents. Holding the hands of one such student, helping him learn how to write, Thủy said: “HIV/AIDS children have to take anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs on a regular basis so their cognition capacity is a bit affected. “As the children are slower than normal ones, teaching them takes much more time than teaching normal children.” Thủy has worked with infected children for so long, many ignorant people actually believe she too may have fallen victim to the disease. … [Read more...] about More of a mother than a teacher
The coastal road leads to Muscat Capital of Oman. Photo courtesy of the embassy HÀ NỘI – Today the Sultanate of Oman celebrates the 49th anniversary of the modern Blessed Renaissance march led by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. On this day 49 years ago, the Blessed Renaissance sun emerged. Ambassador Ahmed Abdullah Al Nahdi sends a message to celebrate the day. His Majesty the Sultan announced the birth of a new dawn for Oman and its people to retain Oman’s civilised glory and positive role at regional and international arena, calling for peace and standing as a firm pillar in this vital region of the world where interests of many regional and international powers meet. The glory of the blessed march reflected on various areas of life across this kind land represented in values and fundamentals cemented by the architect of Oman modern renaissance, as well as the projects achieved and still being made while the citizens … [Read more...] about Oman celebrates the 49th anniversary of the National Day
Aramco declares US$1.71 trillion valuation in blockbuster IPO (photo AFP) Aramco said it would sell 1.5 per cent of the company in a blockbuster initial public offering worth US$24-25.6 billion, scaling down Saudi Arabia's original plan to sell up to five percent of the firm. "The base offer size will be 1.5 per cent of the company's outstanding shares," the state-owned energy giant said as it began taking bids from investors in a price range of 30-32 Saudi riyals per share (US$8-8.5). The much-delayed offering, a cornerstone of de facto ruler Prince Mohammed's ambitious plan to diversify the oil-reliant economy, could exceed the world's biggest listing - the US$25 billion float of Chinese retail giant Alibaba in 2014. But the plans are a long way from the crown prince's initial aim to raise as much as US$100 billion from a dual listing - a first flotation of two percent on the kingdom's Tadawul bourse, followed by a further three per cent on an overseas exchange. The firm has said … [Read more...] about Aramco declares US$1.71 trillion valuation in blockbuster IPO